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Future of Marco Polo and the support for sustainable freight transport beyond 2013

Date: 07/08/2013

In an explanatory note issued by the European Commission on 23rd July 2013, the following was highlighted:

Some potential applicants and beneficiaries of Marco Polo have recently asked questions concerning the impact of planned changes to the financing of freight services in the years 2014-20.

Indeed, with the objective of improving efficiency and sustainability of European freight transport and logistics, the Commission will apply a new approach in support of the freight transport services in the future programming period 2014 – 2020.

Consequently, the Marco Polo II programme will be discontinued in the current form beyond 2013. Instead, a framework for a support for the innovative and sustainable freight transport services has been included in the Commission's proposal for a revised Trans-European Transport Network guidelines (COM(2011) 650/2).

For more details, please refer to the recent Communication on the Marco Polo programme:

This change however, will not have any significant impact on the projects currently running, which will continue under the regime of the Marco Polo programme, for the time agreed upon in specific grant agreements.

Also the call 2013 (the last one under the existing programme) will run on usual mode, based on criteria and conditions published on the following link:


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